Sunday, May 23, 2010

Before and After

We had the most recent MRI a few weeks ago, but due to computer problems we couldn't make a post until now. This MRI looked FANTASTIC (did you really expect anything different?) Jill was wearing her Big Sur Marathon shirt that had "Cancer Treatment The Ultimate Training Program" on the front and "Thank you Mayo Clinic Dr. Richard Zimmerman Dr. Alyx Porter Dr. Sujay Vora" on the back. We got to see all three doctors and they were all so impressed with Jill.
Here are some before (on the right) and after (on the left) pictures. You can see the "void" where the tumor was which is now filled with cerebral fluid and is perfectly normal. You can really see how the tumor was pushing the brain out of the way and now everything is more symmetrical as it should be.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Big Sur Marathon

The Big Sur Marathon was this weekend and Jill sprinted across the finish line smiling! It was awesome! She did fantastic! 4 hours 50 minuets beating half of the other women in the race. All this a mere 2 weeks after chemo! 26.2 miles along the Pacific Coast Highway was the perfect way to end this chapter of our lives.
It's been quite the adventure but we made it through. We couldn't have done this without all of your love and support.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Remember when...

After the first surgery.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Final Week

We've made it to the final week of chemotherapy. We both can't believe that we're finally here. It seems like a long time ago that I was sitting in the hospital waiting room as Dr. Zimmerman was slowly removing that bastard of a tumor bit by bit. It's been one helluva journey and a road that we both wish we didn't have to travel down, but are relieved that the finish line is within sight. We really could not have done it without all the incredible support of our family and friends (if you're reading this, smile because I'm talking about you).

Jill's blood work was again better than it's ever been. Her white blood cell count was 9.something and her hematocrit was 44. Once again Dr. Porter asked what she was doing and we answered "It must have been the Sangria we had with dinner" Last nights chemo session went just fine as we were both exhausted and fell asleep to the soothing sounds of peeping baby chickens. Yes, we now have chickens. Two Rhode Island Reds (Lucy and Mopje (pronounced Mope-Yea), one Americauna (Fluff Head), and one Jersey Black Giant (La-fawn-duh). The four should have enough egg laying power to provide us with a dozed eggs per week. Right now they are cute little fuzz balls that love to run around the greenhouse (as the floor is only gravel and grass right now). Leo is going nuts trying to figure out what's going on. He wants to put them in his mouth and make them squeak just like his toys. Pretty soon we'll be getting a cow, some pigs, and an ox to help me plow the wheat fields.

The Big Sur Marathon is coming up quick and it's going to be really emotional for both of us when Jill crosses that finish line. The marathon is a literal metaphor representing Jill's fight. Cancer is not going to slow her down and training and running this marathon is proof of that.

Friday, March 26, 2010


The Mayo Clinic has posted a story about Jill on thier website

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Yes, that's right folks! The MRI yesterday showed NO MORE TUMOR!!!! Oh sure, there was scar tissue from the surgery and we're going to keep a close watch on that, but Dr. Porter said that it was just scar tissue. Her blood work was also the BEST IT'S EVER BEEN, which we're attributing to the beers consumed the night before. Dr. Porter didn't object to that assumption.
Yesterday was a good day at the Mayo Clinic. The empty desert wasteland around the building was covered in a velvet emerald green grass making it much more visually appealing. The weather was a pleasant 71F and the beer at Gordon Biersch was cold and refreshing. Last nights chemo session was puke-free and she slept the whole night.
One more month of chemo and then we're DONE!

We just watched a youtube video of a Beligum farting pig cartoon. Don't ask. Just watch.

Training for the Big Sur Marathon is going really well and we now know what to put on the racing shirts. Two shirts one long sleeve and one short sleeve. "I had cancer, what's your excuse" and "Cancer treatment: The ultimate training program" on the front with "Thank you Mayo Clinic Dr. Zimmerman, Dr. Porter, Dr. Vora" on the back.

After the Big Sur Marathon then the focus is on the Livestrong Challenge Austin Bicycle charity ride. Thanks to those that have donated so far.